Is it a stye, bacterial conjunctivitis, or blepharitis? If you are dealing with inflammation, swelling, and redness on the front of your eyelid where the eyelashes are or on the inner part of your eyelid, you need to see your doctor for treatment and to ensure your sight will not be affected permanently. Maxitrol Eye Drops contains two antibiotic medicines and a corticosteroid that can alleviate your symptoms and kill the bacteria that can cause the infection. The most common bacteria that cause conjunctivitis are Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
The first of the antibiotics in Maxitrol Eye Drops is called Neomycin Sulfate; it interferes with the production of protein that the bacteria need to form a stable bacterial cell membrane. Without this protein, the cell membrane will be damaged. The second antibiotic is Polymyxin Sulfate and it deals with gram-negative bacteria that have a unique outer membrane that protects the bacteria. By interacting with the major component of the tough outer bacterial cell membrane. This action will change the permeability of the outer membrane so the bacteria die as they are no longer protected from adverse environmental conditions. Then there is Dexamethasone, the corticosteroid that will suppress the production of inflammatory chemicals and reduce the swelling and inflammation.
Styes are fairly common and everyone has had at least one or two of them over their lifetime. You will see a small, reddened lump on the part of your eyelid where the eyelashes are, or just inside the lid where the oil glands are. Bacteria can enter at the root of your eyelash or into an oil gland and cause the pus-filled lump. Bacterial conjunctivitis is usually caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria and is a common type of pink-eye. Both styes and bacterial conjunctivitis are contagious so precautions need to be taken to avoid passing these on.
Blepharitis is not usually contagious but it can be chronic and hard to treat. Anterior blepharitis is usually caused by Staphylococcus bacteria or from scalp dandruff, while posterior blepharitis is caused by sebum (oil) from acne or dandruff. Identifying the source of your eye condition is important before your doctor prescribes Maxitrol Eye Drops.
Ask your doctor if Maxitrol Eye Drops are safe to use if you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or are breast feeding. Explain other medical conditions or allergies you have to your doctor and list any OTC, Rx, herbal preparations, and supplements you currently take or use so it can be determined if Maxitrol Eye Drops are the right treatment for your situation.
Do not drive or attempt any task until your vision returns to normal after using Maxitrol Eye Drops. Do not touch the dropper to any part of your affected eyelid or you could contaminate the rest of the Maxitrol Eye Drops. Keep all medications out of children’s reach and never share with anyone else.